Mexico snatch draw with Portugal in Confederations Cup

Host Russia, ranked 63rd in the world, opens Group A play on Saturday against New Zealand in St Petersburg. El Tri would find their last-gasp equalizer from the head of Hector Moreno to force Portugal to split points on the day.

Cedric Soares' 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

"He is concentrating on playing for the national team and he wants to give the motivation to have a good tournament".

Quaresma had a golden chance to double his tally six minutes later when Ronaldo set him up with a brilliant back-hell but his finish was just wide of the Mexico goal, much to the relief of Ochoa and co.

Cristiano Ronaldo will face Mexico for the first time.

What a ball by Cristiano to find Quaresma for tap in. 1-0.

"It doesn't matter what your name is or the league you play in: we're all in this together and we're all fighting for the same objective". "He is 100 percent focused on this competition and he will be helping us".

Portugal are making their debut in the Confederations Cup, while Mexico are playing in their sixth tournament, having won it in 1999. A video assistant should not be scrapped as an idea, far from it, but there's no way we should be reviewing every decision.

Mexico's last competitive loss came nine games and exactly one year ago when Chile hammered them 7-0 in the Centenary Copa America. Osorio's team stayed true to its modern and attractive style - as well parading the boldness to take the game to Portugal - and the character to bounce back twice from going a goal down. Portugal has beaten better teams than Mexico and El Tri's upcoming group games against New Zealand and Russian Federation are winnable. The exception to that rule was Quaresma, who regularly looked unsafe in the fluid Portuguese forward line.

Santos has plenty to think about.

Hernandez started in an unfamiliar role.

Why the defense of the Portuguese will be vital really comes down to Chicharito. In previous years his 50-yard run might have taken him through on goal; this time the Mexico defence caught up but his composure in laying the ball off was a reminder of his enduring quality.

And the star man for Mexico was Jonathan dos Santos, who pulled the strings from the centre of the park for his side, while also pressing hard off the ball. Vela showed glimpses of what he can bring in these big matches, while Carlos Salcedo had an afternoon to forget.